[This is a guest post by Kyle O'Toole is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kyle recently completed the Athletic Development Mentorship at Athletic Lab and you can reach him on Instagram @beyourownbest4life.] There has been a growing interest in youth fitness programs and the training of younger athletes has become more common in the past few years. Along with this growing interest has come an abundance of new perspectives on how to best work with children. Although researchers have looked at the safety and effectiveness of youth exercise programs there is still plenty of misinformation, and many parents are left wondering what is safe for their child.To complicate things, obesity in children is the worst it has ever been in our country. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, between the years 1999 and 2000, child and adolescent (ages 2-19) obesity was at 13.9%. In 2015 and 2016 that number rose to 18.5% and now obesity affects more than 13.7 million children and adolescents in the US. What’s worse is that the prevalence of obesity in children increases as they get older. Childhood obesity is 13.9% from ages 2 thru 5, 18.4% from ages 6 thru 11, and 20.6% from ages 12 thru 19 (Hales, Carroll, Fryar, & Ogden, 2017). There has never been a greater need for access to the correct information that will safely shift health markers, for your child, in the right direction. Here are the things you need to know about exercise and youth. Early Sport Specialization Although it currently has no standardized definition in literature, early sport specialization (ESS) [...]
[This is a guest post by Kyle O'Toole is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kyle recently completed the Athletic Development Mentorship at Athletic Lab and you can reach him on Instagram @beyourownbest4life.] This infographic by Kyle O'Toole is a great compliment to his recent post on Complex Training.
[This is a guest post by Kyle O'Toole is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Kyle recently completed the Athletic Development Mentorship at Athletic Lab and you can reach him on Instagram @beyourownbest4life.] Complex training is a term that many strength and conditioning coaches are using and who also understand the vital role it plays in the development of athletes where a combination of strength and speed is necessary. Every athlete needs to get bigger, faster, stronger, and coaches who can meet those needs are the ones who are utilizing complex training to its fullest potential. Complex training provides athletes with greater development of motor capabilities and strength qualities through the use of varied external loads and speeds of movement (Athletes Authority, 2017). It is widely considered the most effective training method in development of the force velocity curve. The key principles to complex training lie in the understanding of the force velocity curve and the importance it has on overall athlete development. Just understanding what the curve represents won’t be enough to push athletes to their peak. As a coach you need to realize how to best train all aspects of the curve. Force Velocity Curve The force velocity curve is a simple graphic that shows the relationship between force and velocity. Force and velocity have an inverse relationship with each other. As force production increases, velocity decreases and vice versa. Think of the speed of the bar while performing a barbell bench press. You can move the bar much quicker while warming up (lower force, higher velocity) compared to performing a 1RM (higher force, lower [...]
Athletic Lab is proud to announce an addition and restructuring to our coaching staff. Coach Andy Sherman has joined our staff following the completion of his Athletic Lab mentorship program and Austin Both and Matt Hunter have been promoted to Director roles. Athletic Lab already has one of the most educated, experienced and credentialed coaching staffs in the entire country and we look forward to these changes making us stronger than ever. Andy Sherman: Coach Andy Sherman is the latest addition to our coaching staff. In his new capacity, Andy will coach both Performance Fitness and Sports Performance sessions. Andy completed his Athletic Lab mentorship in the Fall of 2018 and was immediately added to our staff. Andy joins us following successful coaching stints at the collegiate and private sector levels. Collegiately, Andy worked at the University of Rhode Island. Andy is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach (PN1), and has completed his Level 1 Reflexive Performance Reset Certification (RPR-1). Andy joins Athletic Lab with an incredible coaching, educational and experiential background. He's worked with everyone from elite professionals through the general population and his education and credentialing are top notch. He's exactly the kind of coach that Athletic Lab is known for. – Mike Young, PhD Athletic Lab Director of Performance & Research Matt Hunter: Director of Scholastic Training Matt Hunter has been promoted to the Director of Scholastic Training. In this new role, Matt will oversee our Scholastic Sports Performance Program as well as assist with the education in our Coaches Mentorship program. Matt joined the Athletic Lab coaching staff in the Fall of 2016 following his successful completion of our coaches mentorship [...]
Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently provided a workshop on "Weightlifting for Sports" in São Paulo, Brazil. The 2 day event featured almost 50 coaches and was organized by ELITE Training Brazil which is the top coaching education company in South America. Mike provided 4 lectures and 4 learn by doing sessions covering how to implement weightlifting and weightlifting derived movements in to the training programs of athletes. ELITE Training Brazil has partnered with Athletic Lab to bring our 3 phase coaching mentorship to Brazil and Portugal. The first mentorship event was held in May of 2018 as a privately hosted event for the legendary Palmeiras Soccer Club. In January 2019, the first mentorship open to the public will be provided at the Reebok Sports Club in São Paulo. The event is already sold out but there are still spaces available for other dates. Check the ELITE Training site for details. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff lecture or provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.
In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will have special hours on Thursday, November 22nd. Please note the following changes to our class schedule: All afternoon classes will be cancelled Performance Fitness Endurance 9 am Performance Fitness CrossFit 10 am Scholastic 10 am Performance Fitness Weightlifting 9 am Open Gym 9am – 11 am Friday’s classes will resume as scheduled Join us for our 9th Annual Thanksgiving Day Workout (all members are welcome and can bring a friend or family member for free). We’ll have coffee available after the workout.
Athletic Lab is home to professional athletes, young kids and adults looking to get in the best shape of their lives. Our community is an incredibly diverse group of goal-oriented and hard-working individuals. Each month we highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of November, we've chosen Mario Döring. He is a member of our Performance Fitness Program. You can also check out our previous members of the month here. ___________ Name: Mario Döring What city were you born in? Albstadt (Germany) What do you do when you're not working out at Athletic Lab (occupation, hobbies, etc)? I am working for a German company as a research engineer at the NC State campus in Raleigh. Athletic Lab is my biggest hobby right now, but I also like to watch football (Seahawks) and sports in general. What's your favorite exercise? Least favorite? Favorites: Rowing, Assault bike and Running (I love running); Least Favorites: Cleans, Thrusters and Lunges What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment since you started training at Athletic Lab? My weight loss (about 90 pounds) and the ability to learn/do exercises I could not do when I was heavier. What motivates you? To get better every day and the competition with the other members (especially Karthick… ;))
A day after presenting in Toronto at the RCCSS "Kick It" conference, Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young provided a private workshop to the Exercise Science graduate students of Ohio University. The workshop focused on the science and training of speed. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff lecture or provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.
Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently spoke at theRoyal College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences (RCCSS) "Kick It" conference in Toronto, Canada. The RCCSS is the largest sport science group in Canada and put on an annual summit for coaches, therapists, chiropractors and other fitness and wellness professionals. Each year, the organization brings together international leaders to speak on the year's theme. In 2018, the theme was "Soccer - An Integrated Approach to Performance Enhancement" and Young gave a lecture on "High Performance Training for Soccer." In 2013, Young presented at the group's "Run Faster" Summit and returned in 2015 to present at the "Train Smarter" summit. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff lecture or provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.
Athletic Lab's Dr. Mike Young recently returned from speaking at the 1st European International Meeting for High Performance Training. The world class event was hosted at the Expolima convention center in Pointe de Lima, Portugal. The event was put on by Elite Training Brazil which is the top coaching education company in South America. The event was attended by almost 200 coaches from over a dozen countries. The event featured an international lineup of world renowned coaches and sports scientists. Mike shared the stage with Dr. Dan Baker, Brett Bartholomew, David Joyce, and Dr. Matt Jordan, Dr. Sophia Nimphius and Mladen Jovanovic for the 6 day conference. Athletic Lab had the privilege of hosting Dr. Jordan at our 2017 High Performance Athletic Development Conference and Dr. Baker at a Velocity Based Training Workshop in 2016. If you are interested in having Dr. Young and any other Athletic Lab staff lecture or provide a private workshop for your organization please contact us for details.